Ankara/Islamabad (HRNW): In what is being seen as Ankara’s largest single defense sale, Turkey has agreed to sell Pakistan 30 Turkish-made attack helicopters. Radio Free Europe citing Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported that on July 13 the deal for the sale of Turkey’s T129 ATAK helicopters was signed between Turkish Aerospace Industries and the Pakistani Defense Production Ministry. According to a political manifesto unveiled by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pakistan and Turkey recently agreed on terms on the largest ever defence contract signed between the two countries.
Turkey would also provide logistics, spare parts, training, and ammunition, Anadolu reported. The agency did not say how much the deal was worth. But Turkish media reports put the value at around $1.5 billion. On July 5, Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said Ankara will sell four 99.5-meter-long indigenous corvette warships to the Pakistani Navy. TAI, maker of the T129 under license from the Italian-British AgustaWestland, has so far delivered 35 T129s to the Turkish Army and the Gendarmerie force.